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I have reposted the following to bookmark a concept I would like to develop further in the body of this page, that being the relavancy of the many forms of writing and their place among the craft as a whole.
“It is amazing how one language can contain so many expansions around the base expression of its form.
As far as the value of short stories as a form of fiction, I can say that short stories offer the writer and the reader an entirely different set of mechanics for conveying the central themes of their designs. The short story allows for both a captivating, subtle, episodic, non linear– limitless potential for storytelling within a reasonably immortal span of text.
It may seem like little space to tell your story, and unlike vast forms such as the epic or the novel, they have the advantage and the disadvantage of forcing both writer and reader into a relative time-frame (you only have so many words, often under 10, 000), and that can actually be used to the advantage of you the writer.
Realizing that when you offer readers a reasonably digestible length allows you to craft the small intervals of storytelling you are allowed to fill with even greater significance and precision. Every word, every punctuation mark, every line becomes an essential tool when you and your expressions are confined by the limits of an artistic form; short stories, poetry, and free verse, are merely variations on the limits of a unified form, but just as genres in music vary to accentuate different instruments, keys, and meters, so too does the short story accentuate entirely different variations of written expression.
Look to: Poe, Lovecraft, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Salinger, Gogol, Phillip K Dick, Bowles,Asimov, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Bierce, and there are many many many more quality artists. It has become its own form of creation among writers.
Its a beautiful thing to know each individual letter is attributing to the relevancy of the whole composition.”
I will merely be reposting until I have a minute to wrie separate comparative articles on each form and point. I will highlight the portion I see as relavant, comment if you wish, I encourage it.
Food for thought.